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Open Letter on discussions on the need for UK AI Laws to protect UK citizens

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    Dear colleagues,
    EU is working on the EU AI Act to protect EU citizens. USA has Executive Order on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence. Are there any laws being developed in the UK similar to EU AI Act to protect UK citizens?
    What AI laws and regulations is the UK government developing to protect UK citizens?
    I came across this article published in Bloomberg titled  “AI Backlash May Bring UK Social Unrest, Infosys Partner Says”  published on 25th October 2023 at
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-10-24/ai-backlash-may-bring
    Some key extracts from the article is below
    “The UK has about three years to come up with rules to reassure people about artificial intelligence before wrenching changes in the way work is done unleashes the potential for social unrest, an industry expert said.
    Martin Weis, managing partner and global co-lead for AI at Infosys Consulting, said about 30% of the hours people put in on the job in places like the US and Britain could be done by technology by 2030. Back-office tasks, administration are most likely to be affected, threatening to upend millions of jobs.
    The remarks ahead of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s AI Summit next week underscore the stakes for policy makers facing a rapid shift in the nature of work — and what kind of skills the labor market will need.
    Weis warned that governments must quickly grasp the shake-up — or risk angering thousands of employees who are affected. That could involve investing in education and re-skilling, legislating to minimize the impact of AI, or even providing a basic income to help those who lose their jobs.
    “I would say we have two to three years, because now people are trying it out,” Weis said in an interview, referring to generative AI such as OpenAI Inc.’sChatGPT. Unless governments plan ahead, he added, the profits from productivity gains brought about by AI will fall into the hands of a few private sector firms — while the average worker could be left jobless and local economies poorer.
    His warning comes ahead of Sunak’s AI Summit, which will see the UK host a range of global leaders in the sector to discuss the opportunities and risks of the technology. For Sunak, whose father-in-law Narayana Murthy foundedInfosys, it’s a chance for him to set out the UK’s stall as a forward-thinking technology-centered economy — one of the ways he plans to boost output growth.
    Ahead of the summit, the Institute for Public Policy Research published a report Wednesday claiming the gathering could be a “missed opportunity” as it focuses on self-regulation.
    Echoing Weis, the think-tank said that “deep global cooperation” is needed and that governments “need to set out their own bold strategy for AI,” ensuring that the technology is used for public good as well as profit.
    “Self-regulation didn’t work for social media companies,” said Carsten Jung, senior economist at the IPPR. “It didn’t work for the finance sector, and it won’t work for AI. We shouldn’t just passively anticipate technological developments and hope for the best.”
    In a boost for Sunak, Weis said the UK is ahead of the curve when looking at AI compared to some European peers. Infosys is already helping some local councils automate back-office tasks, and “the openness to look into it and to get the heads around regulation, adoption, training, upskilling, democratizing the use of AI is really there.”
    More details at
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-10-24/ai-backlash-may-bring
    Reading this article , I have a query on conflict of interest.  
    What steps are UK government taking to prevent  lobbying by AI and Big Tech vendors? Are there any guidelines in the UK for politicians, civil servants if their family have shares/investment in tech companies (for example, conflict of interest of benefiting from profits in shares in tech companies involved in AI) ? 
    Big Tech and AI companies are getting even more powerful than governments. Will this lead to the rise of Billionaire Tech CEOs as the most powerful rulers of the world in the future? What will be the impact of this for humanity?
    This BBC article might be of interest
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-67302048
    Lack of AI-specific legislation in King’s Speech risks UK ambitions
    Following last week’s AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park, which underlined the need for global action to ensure the safe development of ‘frontier AI’, King’s Speech was notable for the absence of AI-specific legislative proposals.
    The House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology have raised concern on the absence of AI-specific legislative proposals.  
    Science, Innovation and Technology Committee Chair, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, said:
    “This new session of Parliament will be the last opportunity to pass significant legislation before the General Election, and in all likelihood, before 2025. It is therefore disappointing that there is no mention of an AI Bill in today’s King’s Speech. 
    “In March the Government said that it would consider legislating to establish ‘due regard’ duties for existing regulators, as part of the implementation of the high-level principles set out in the AI white paper. In our interim report, we called for the introduction of such a short tightly-focussed Bill to make sure existing regulators’ powers are up to date to be applied to AI. We warned of the risk that without regulators’ powers being up to date the UK could be overtaken by other jurisdictions – particularly the European Union and United States. 
    “Since our interim report was published both the EU and US have moved closer to setting de facto AI governance standards, and whilst the UK demonstrated its convening power at Bletchley Park, the international regulatory picture is likely to look very different by 2025 – simply put, it may by then be too late for the UK’s approach to become the international standard.”
    Details athttps://committees.parliament.uk/committee/135/science-innovation-and-te…
    What AI laws and regulations is the UK government developing to protect UK citizens?
    The UK government needs to bring its AI policy back in line with the values of freedom, democracy, and rule of law. The UK Government need to regulate the Big Tech to protect democracy, protect human rights and prevent corruption.
    Best wishes
    Suchith
    From: Suchith AnandSuchith Anand
    Sent: 02 November 2023 22:11Subject: Re: The UK AI Summit: Time to Elevate Democratic Values Dear colleagues,
    I came across these articles in the BBC, The Guardian, DigitalHealth
    BBC article on “Sale of NHS data up to government, says tech boss”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-67254010 
    The Guardian article on “Everything you need to know about NHS England’s biggest ever IT contract
    What is the contract for? Which firms are in the running? And why are there privacy concerns about the deal?”
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/oct/12/everything-you-need-to-k… 
    DigitalHealth article on “Palantir CEO acknowledges FDP could aid NHS data being sold in future” 
    https://www.digitalhealth.net/2023/10/palantir-ceo-acknowledges-fdp-coul… 
    Reading these articles, I have some queries.
    What steps is the UK Government taking to protect privacy of UK citizen’s data?  What is UKRI’s policy on this?
    Are the current UK Government’s AI policies favouring “AI of the Billionaires, by the Billionaires, for the Billionaires!” to rule humanity?
    https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/igad-community-practice/post/are-curre…“ai-billionaires-billionaires
    The UK government’s credibility on AI regulation is dependent on the UK government’s ability to deliver a world-leading regulatory framework and laws in the UK. The EU is well ahead in global AI leadership with its E.U.’s AI Act. 
    What are the views of all UK Political parties on AI legislation? Came across this article in today’s Independent
    “Labour vows to force firms developing powerful AI to meet requirements”
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-rishi-sunak-prime-
    EU is working on the EU AI Act to protect EU citizens. USA has Executive Order on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence. 
    What laws and regulations is the UK government developing for the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence?
    Are there any laws being developed in the UK similar to EU AI Act to protect UK citizens?
    Governments need to regulate the Big Tech to protect democracy, protect human rights and prevent corruption.
    Best wishes
    Suchith
    From: Suchith Anand
    Sent: 31 October 2023 08:32Subject: Re: The UK AI Summit: Time to Elevate Democratic Values 
    Dear colleagues
    The United Nations Secretary General Launches High-Level Advisory Board on AI. I would like to congratulate all colleagues for their appointment to the United Nations High-level Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence.The Advisory Body’s efforts will be inclusive and based on the universal values enshrined in the United Nations Charter. 
    Details athttps://www.un.org/en/ai-advisory-body
    The following articles might be of interest.
    President Biden Issues Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence
    Details athttps://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2023/10/30/… 
    Ahead of the AI Safety Summit 2023, the International Science Council releases a discussion paper on a framework for evaluating AI and rapidly developing digital technologies. Scientific researchers and practitioners in AI are invited to respond to the ISC’s discussion paper and proposed framework on AI.
    Details at  https://council.science/current/blog/ahead-of-the-ai-safety-summit-2023-…
    Best wishes
    Suchith
    From: Suchith Anand
    Sent: 30 September 2023 21:00
    Subject: The UK AI Summit: Time to Elevate Democratic Values
     
    Dear colleagues,
    These articles might be of interest.
    “British government quietly sacks entire board of independent AI advisers”
    Details athttps://therecord.media/uk-disbands-ai-advisory-board-cdei-rishi-sunak
    The British Computer Society (BCS), The Chartered Institute for IT Article on “PM should make ethics a priority at AI Safety Summit, say tech professionals”
    https://www.bcs.org/articles-opinion-and-research/pm-should-make-ethics-
    “The UK AI Summit: Time to Elevate Democratic Values”by Merve Hickok and Marc Rotenberg (The Center for AI and Digital Policy, USA)  published  for the Council on Foreign Relations 
    “Ahead of the Global Summit on Artificial Intelligence Safety from November 1 to 2, the United Kingdom needs to bring its AI policy back in line with the values of freedom, democracy, and rule of law.”
    Details athttps://www.cfr.org/blog/uk-ai-summit-time-elevate-democratic-values
    Best wishes
    Suchith
    Dr Suchith Anand
    Senior Adviser to Governments and International Organisations | Scientist | AI Ethics | AI Governance | Policy | Consultant in Data and AI Ethics | Global Citizen | SDG Volunteer and Advocate
    https://council.science/profile/suchith-anand/
    https://www.rd-alliance.org/users/suchith-anand
    https://ethicaldatainitiative.org

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